In a previous blog post I had opined about life without a PC. Not life without a computer, but one where all your computer needs and wants are met in a mobile only package. Specifically asking the question, can I get rid of my PC and use an iPad instead?
If that peaked your interest, lets go a step further.
You own an iPad
You own a Bluetooth keyboard
Your home is equipped with high-speed internet and a WiFi network.
Tasks You Need:
- Manage/Edit/View/Store pictures
- Manage/Edit/Watch/Store videos
- Manage/Listen/Store music
- Office Software for documents, spreadsheets and presentations
- Surf Internet
- Play Games
- Open/Create PDFs and Zip files
- Scan Documents for Sending or Saving
- Print Documents
- Manage and View in default Photos app.
- Editing can be done with loads of apps, but my favorite set is Photos, VSCO, Litely and Diptic. They each offer a unique set of tools that cover all the necessary bases.
- Manage/Edit/View all home videos in default Photos app.
- Other video like Movies and TV can be purchased and watched through the Video app, Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube.
- Manage and Listen through the Music app.
- Music can be purchased through iTunes app, Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player.
- Music can be streamed through Spotify or Rdio for a minimum of $4.99 a month.
- Apple's Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are Free.
- Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are Free.
- More advanced features of Microsoft Office and Cloud Storage can be had with a $6.95 per month subscription.
- Default Mail app or Mailbox.
- Default Calendar app or Fantastical.
- Safari or Chrome.
- Nearly unlimited selection of great games in the App store.
Open/Create PDFs and Zip files
- Documents and/or many cloud storage solutions like DropBox will allow you to access and create these.
Scan Documents for Sending or Saving
- Scanner Pro or Evernote's Scannable
- There are loads of printer options that have built-in WiFi for very reasonable prices.
No need to fear the Cloud. Cloud storage is more secure and accessible from anywhere, unlike the hard-drive on your home PC. iCloud will back up photos and docs, but if you are retaining loads of files then use something like DropBox Pro. For $99 per year, you can get 1TB (1024GB) of storage.